6th Edition Now Available!
A current, thorough, conversational, and scientifically sound resource on meteorology.
A World of Weather: Fundamentals of Meteorology presents basic principles that enable students to gain a “thorough possession” of the underlying scientific principles of meteorology and to be able to think critically about them. This text shows how fundamental concepts fit together to form a conceptual pyramid that explains how the atmosphere really works. It shows students how to apply the concepts learned by offering examples based on real weather data.
A World of Weather is:
- designed for lifelong learning – students are given the design, tools, and building blocks to construct their own pyramid of learning.
- written in a conversational style – this encourages students to engage in the material.
- hands-on – students experience real weather data through the NEW online component.
A World of Weather features:
- common unit conversion formulas and a description of Metric (SI) orders of magnitude.
- information on building and interpreting the station model.
- Weather Folklore and Commentary in many chapters.
- Focus on Optics sections that expose students to the colorful wonders of the sky.
- Electronic Resources housed on a monitored website.
NEW to the 6th edition:
- Reflects recent weather events, including a nor’easter in January 2016, California’s wet winter 2016-2017, El Niño, Hurricane Harvey, and more!
- Introduces the Regional Snowfall Index (RSI), a relatively new technique to rank snowstorms regionally according to their societal impacts.
- Features an introduction to dual polarization radar, a relatively new tool in a weather forecaster’s toolbox.
- Includes considerable updates to the chapter titled Human Impact on Weather and Climate (i.e. climate change).
- Now has online assessments and online learning and teaching resources for students and instructors. It features more than 100 new laboratory and interactive exercises!
CHAPTER 1 Weather Analysis: The Tools of the Trade
CHAPTER 2 The Global Ledger of Heat Energy
CHAPTER 3 Global and Local Controllers of Temperature
CHAPTER 4 The Role of Water in Weather
CHAPTER 5 Satellite and Radar Imagery: Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere
CHAPTER 6 Surface Patterns of Pressure and Wind
CHAPTER 7 Upper-Air Patterns of Pressure and Wind
CHAPTER 8 The Role of Stability in Weather
CHAPTER 9 Thunderstorms
CHAPTER 10 Tropical Weather, Part I: Patterns of Wind, Water, and Weather
CHAPTER 11 Tropical Weather, Part II: Hurricanes
CHAPTER 12 Mid-Latitude I: Linking Surface and Upper-Air Patterns
CHAPTER 13 Mid-Latitude II: The Cyclone Model
CHAPTER 14 Mid-Latitude III: Spawning Severe Weather
CHAPTER 15 A Closer Look at Tornadoes
CHAPTER 16 Mid-Latitude IV: Winter Weather
CHAPTER 17 Numerical Weather Prediction
CHAPTER 18 The Human Impact on Weather and Climate
"The text itself is wonderfully thorough, and I love the fact that it doesn't just spit forth facts but explains the concepts by which things work. The recent case studies and examples are great, as I've found students relate better to current events. I truly believe it is a text that gives the non-meteorologist a real grasp of the complexities that make Lee's, Jon's, and my jobs so difficult. I am actually structuring the course around the text as the material is presented in such a logical manner."
-Travis Koshko, Mount Aloysius College
"Nese-Grenci A World of Weather: Fundamentals of Meteorology is the absolute best text out there for a four credit course which includes a lab and/or real-time weather forecasting such as mine."
-Harry H. Hughes, Mars Hill College
"It's a great text because it gets all the science across in a clear/enjoyable manner for students with no background in meteorology."
-Drew Anderson, Instructor of Meteorology, Penn State Brandywine